Strong Progress Made in Containment of Bobcat Fire

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Firefighters made big strides by doubling containment of the Bobcat Fire from 17% on Tuesday to 38% on Wednesday. Public Information Officer Larry Smith urged locals not to deploy recreational drones near the fires after one of the aircraft used to battle the fire was grounded due to a drone incursion on Monday.

Firefighters battling the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest made significant progress in just 24 hours, more than doubling containment of the blaze from 17% on Tuesday to 38% reported on Wednesday morning.
“Today we had a pretty successful day getting a lot of direct containment line on the fires’ edge as well as getting indirect lines in,” Kerri Gilliland, a planning operations trainee for California Incident Management, said in a Tuesday evening update.
In an update on its Twitter page, the Angeles National Forest said crews turned a corner Tuesday night “thanks to the strenuous fireline construction by firefighters working in challenging conditions. Night crews completed a critical strategic firing to link containment from Mt. Wilson to Angeles Crest Highway.”
Crews benefited from additional resources, cooler weather, humidity and transition into lighter fuels in the north. The anticipated containment date that was previously Oct. 30 has been updated to Sept. 30.
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Minimize Exposure to Wildfire Smoke, Doctors Advise

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A smoky haze from the nearby Bobcat Fire dwindles over the Verdugo Mountains. Some experts are warning that air quality could become potentially hazardous.

With smoke from the Bobcat Fire continuing to billow into communities throughout Burbank and the rest of the San Fernando Valley, health experts are warning residents to limit their time spent outdoors.
The Bobcat Fire, which began in the Angeles National Forest on Sept. 6, burned more than 60,000 acres, with 15% containment, as of Friday morning. The wildfire, whose cause remains under investigation, previously prompted evacuation orders for parts of Arcadia and Sierra Madre. Evacuation warnings also have been issued for parts of Pasadena, Monrovia and Altadena.

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Bobcat Fire Approaches Mount Wilson Observatory

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The Bobcat Fire threatened the Mount Wilson Observatory this week, with cameras mounted near the area showing the structure’s proximity to the flames, which came as close as 500 feet at one point.

A wildfire that has grown to tens of thousands of acres in the Angeles National Forest continues to burn, forcing evacuations and threatening the Mount Wilson Observatory.
At one point on Tuesday, flames came as close as 500 feet from the observatory, according to the U.S. Forest Service. But as of the Outlook Valley Sun’s press time Wednesday, firefighters had held the line against the fire, with aircraft dropping flame retardant to combat the flames.
“Our thoughts are with the firefighters who will defend the observatory against the approaching blaze. We know they will give it their best,” Sam Hale, chairman of the Mount Wilson Institute Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “We cherish the historic telescopes on the mountain that revolutionized humanity’s understanding of the cosmos and hope they will be safe. That is the most important thing.”
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Residents Encouraged to Make Disaster Preparations

Although the Bobcat Fire is not expected to threaten Glendale or the foothill communities, city officials nevertheless encourage residents to refresh their disaster plans or plan them out if they haven’t already.
As of Friday, firefighters had established a 6% containment of the blaze, which has ballooned to more than 26,000 acres. The fire broke out Sunday near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area in the Angeles National Forest, and has prompted evacuations in seven foothill communities in the eastern San Gabriel Valley.

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Searchers Rescue Hiker Missing in Forest for Seven Days

Eugene Jo, flanked by Deputy Daniel Paige of the Altadena Sheriff’s Station and Fred Pearce and Chris Gonzales of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team
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Eugene Jo, flanked by Deputy Daniel Paige of the Altadena Sheriff’s Station and Fred Pearce and Chris Gonzales of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, recovers in the hospital after spending a week lost in the Angeles National Forest.

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook

A 73-year-old Gardena man lost in the Angeles National Forest for a week was found alive Saturday after a search-and-rescue operation involving almost 90 people.
Eugene Jo had been with a group hiking on Mount Waterman on June 22 when they took a break for lunch. Soon afterward, the hikers realized Jo had gone missing. Continue reading “Searchers Rescue Hiker Missing in Forest for Seven Days”

Bear Makes Himself at Home in LCF, Eventually is Evicted

Photo courtesy Anjum Khan
Before he was tranquilized and relocated back into Angeles National Forest on Sunday, the bear was spotted hanging out near La Cañada Flintridge Country Club.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to repeated reports of a bear in La Cañada Flintridge over the weekend, tranquilizing the 225-pound male Sunday afternoon and returning it to the wild, according to Andrew Hughan, a Fish and Wildlife spokesman.
There have been additional sightings reported since on social media, but the animal LCF resident Anjum Khan spotted in front of a house near the corner of Starlight Crest Drive and Burning Tree Drive as she was driving home Friday was relocated. At first, she said, the bear was digging through the trash, but then he seemed to just sit down and relax, she said.
“At one point, half of him was inside the trash can, and his other [rear] side was hanging out,” said Khan, who stopped to take some photos. “Then he was just sitting down, enjoying his lunch.” Continue reading “Bear Makes Himself at Home in LCF, Eventually is Evicted”

Third Body This Year Discovered in Angeles National Forest

A body was discovered and reported by U.S. Forest Service employees at 12:15 p.m. on Monday in Angeles National Forest on Angeles Crest Highway near Mile Marker 20.
Forest Service personnel initially reported a car over the side of the road, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Slater said. When deputies arrived at the scene, they determined that there was no car, but they did find a body, reportedly badly decomposed.
“So we cordoned off the area and called our homicide bureau,” Slater said. “Due to the position of the body and the presentation of the scene, I can’t even tell you if it was male or anything right now. It was obviously deceased, but I couldn’t tell you more.” Continue reading “Third Body This Year Discovered in Angeles National Forest”

Body Found in Angeles National Forest

Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the apparent stabbing death of a man found Sunday on a road in the Angeles National Forest, north of La Cañada Flintridge, according to a release from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
The body was discovered at about 12:50 p.m. at mile marker 21.08 on the Angeles Forest Highway. The man — whose name was being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin — was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Dep. Juanita Navarro-Suarez.
To report information related to the death, members of the public can call sheriff’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500.